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Chillpak Hollywood Hour #546

After several weeks of “pre-recorded” episodes, Dean and Phil hooked up via Skype to catch up on each other’s travels and to discuss the recent change in attitudes towards their unsettling dark comedy The Lady Killers. Prepare to be amazed by Dean’s adventures in Cambodia, where he painted, explored, and came down with a nifty bout of intestinal distress! Phil recounts his first ever trip to Las Vegas, his exploration of Utah, his challenges adjusting to the altitude of Aspen, Colorado, and the breathtaking, life-changing majesty of Monument Valley. He also regales with tales of “Portlandia” and “Twin Peaks” filming locations and describes the reception afforded their aforementioned movie at the Tri-Cities International Film Festival. In the wake of what seems to be a never-ending avalanche of news involving the appalling behavior of men, with their depiction of toxic masculinity, Dean and Phil have made a film one recent reviewer called, “exactly the kind of film we need right now.” All that, plus the cryptic advice Phil received on the road: “Life begins at Moab”. YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Buckle up and prepare for takeoff!

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #530

Your friends in podcasting open this week’s show by discussing whether California will cease to change their clocks back and forward in Fall in and Spring. They then leap into discussing movies, continuing last week’s conversations about Okja and The Beguiled, while also discussing the Clint Eastwood western Pale Rider and the 1930′s Hitchcock thrillers The Man Who Knew Too Much and The 39 Steps.. This week In “Celebrity Deaths” Dean and Phil remember past guest Stephen Furst (episode #124) and esteemed British film critic and journalist Barry Norman. They then continue to discuss current TV as they weigh the merits of the recently completed seasons of “Silicon Valley”, “Portlandia” and “Fargo”. They also venture into the business side of being an actor, as they discuss the 11th hour deal struck between SAG-AFTRA and the Producers, thereby avoiding a strike, AND they will discuss the upcoming union election and how nasty it is already becoming. Finally, in “Live Event of the Week”, Dean previews his solo art show taking place THIS WEEK in Los Angeles! Join us for that special event, won’t you?

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #529

It’s been a while since your friends in podcasting dedicated a whole episode to discussing movies and TV …

Dean and Phil begin the festivities with an excellent email from a listener like you (yes, YOU) that follows up on last week’s discussion of both Adam West and Roger Moore. From there, they turn their attention to current television – Season 4 of “The Blacklist”, Season 6 of “Veep” – and Season 1 of “Twin Peaks”. Then, the final half of the show is dedicated to movies and movie distribution, with such current releases as Alien: Covenant, OKJA, Wonder Woman, The Beguiled and Baby Driver, and recent sci-fi films Passengers, Arrival and Dr. Strange getting discussed. What also gets analyzed (and ranted about) is the need for unique distribution methodologies for each film being released.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #455

One recent trip and the discovery of a 30 year-old document, led Phil Leirness to ruminate on the nature of nostalgia. He shares these thoughts with you … And speaking of nostalgia, a certain television franchise from the 1990′s has returned to the small screen. After having been very careful not to spoil anything in advance of its airing, Dean Haglund and Phil will weigh in on what we’ve seen thus far and will discuss (spoiler-free) on where the series is heading … And then, the main event! Following up on last week’s epic rundown on the best (and worst) of cinema in 2015, Dean and Phil start to reveal their top ten television shows of 2015.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #420

Now that Dean Haglund resides in Sydney, Australia, we have to ask is Dean Haglund on the “down low from down under”? Is he “the thunder from down under”? Is the show “asunder from down under”?

In the weeks and months to come, your friends in podcasting will most certainly have to change the way they change the way you listen to the internet! For now, we invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy a very special “theme show”. It’s all about Dean and Phil’s favorite funny ladies of stage and screen.

And, yes, it was pre-recorded.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #386

We apologize for the delay in getting this to you. Your friend in podcasting, Phil Leirness, is really ill. Hence the delay. Nevertheless, it’s a great show, full of emails from listeners like you (yes, YOU!).

Enjoy, as Dean Haglund and Phil discuss the problems facing the NFL, what consittues “tone” in movies, the influence of David Lynch on the past decades of independent cinema, the return of “Twin Peaks”, the life and death of Dr. Stanley Monteith, and the new films The Boxtrolls, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, The Equalizer and The Skeleton Twins.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #381

Nikki Finke has disappeared from her new website and Phil tackles her disappearance and takes on something called “The Committee for Decency in Journalism”.

Listener Barry Murphy sent a great article to us about Robin Williams and his guest star appearance on “Homicide: Life on the Street”. Your friends in podcasting share its contents.

Then, Dean and Phil follow-up on Phil’s diatribe last week against “Dr. Who” and really dig into the source of Phil’s “blind spot” preventing him from seeing the appeal of the show. Thanks to Stephen D. Fowler (of the Smoking All-Stars) and Jimmy Lawlor for their indelible contributions to this week’s discussion of the good doctor.

Finally, Dean and Phil remember and offer fond farewells to two accomplished actors-turned filmmakers and one legendary voice.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #378

This week’s installment of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour is action-packed. Dean’s birthday adventures and trip to Canada are recounted. YOUR comments regarding last week’s show are shared. The news of a potential X-Files reboot is analyzed from multiple angles. Emmy Awards nominations are praised and criticized. The good and bad of television development news is revealed. The brilliance of Louis CK is admired. Writers, actors and makeup artists are remembered. The question of racial inequality in movies is tackled. The deplorable treatment of Alexander Payne’s masterful “Nebraska” at the hands of Epix and Paramount Vantage is decried. A wise quote from Somerset Maugham is applied to an analysis of recent box office hits and misses … Phew. How did your friends in podcasting get to it all?! Find out …

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #357

You’ll have to forgive us, with some new equipment, there’s something just not quite right about the music and segment stings on today’s otherwise top-notch show, but we’ll get it figured out for next week!

Of course, if it’s artful audio mixing that brings you to this show, you are historically in the wrong place!

It’s the art of conversation that keeps people coming back for more of YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour week after week …

This week’s often irreverent, frequently informative and occasionally inspiring conversation is all about earthquakes, snakes in Ireland, missing planes from Malaysia, brand new television series on Amazon Prime, lessons filmmakers can learn from Peter Bogdanovich’s first film, controversies surrounding Sarah Jones death and John Travolta’s recent Oscar appearance, “Hannibal”, “Broadchurch”, “Portlandia”, “True Detective” and your friends in podcasting start it all off by remembering a good friend (of “Truth”) who died this weekend.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour #304

Even after almost six years of bringing you a free weekly podcast, your friends in podcasting can still surprise. Witness this week’s opening, which is an absolute first. Witness Dean and Phil talking about LARPing (Live-Action Role-Playing) … LARPing!!!

Dean and Phil finally get around to their “genius” vs. “artist” discussion as it relates to filmmakers, painters, scientists and pioneers in all fields. They also take on an article claiming to unlock the conspiracy mindset and in the process take on the entire era of judgment in which we find ourselves.

Finally, they discuss several movies and several television shows as well as the death of NBC.

All this week, on YOUR Chillpak Hollywood Hour!

About the show
Dean Haglund, the actor, improv comic and inventor (best known as “Langly,” one of the three computer-hacking geeks on “The X-Files” and their spin-off series “The Lone Gunmen”) engages in thought-provoking, insightful, and irreverent cultural conversation with his co-host and producing partner, independent filmmaker and certified violence prevention specialist Phil Leirness in the production offices of Rational Exuberance. Warning: Dean and Phil's usually hilarious and frequently inspiring discussions are habit-forming, so please, enjoy responsibly!
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